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WATER Act Re-Introduced Today in Congress


The WATER Act was re-introduced in the 117th Congressional session. It is the same as last year’s version and would provide a major federal investment in our nation’s drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. It includes significant funds for school water infrastructure. Nearly $35 billion a year would be dedicated without further appropriation, via a trust fund.

The Water Act of 2021:

  • Provides $34.85 billion/year for drinking water and wastewater improvements;

  • Creates a water trust fund;

  • Creates up to nearly 1 million jobs across the economy and protect American workers;

  • Prioritizes disadvantaged communities with grants and additional support;

  • Expands technical assistance to small, rural and indigenous communities;

  • Dedicates and increases grants for indigenous communities;

  • Funds projects to address water contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS);

  • Helps homeowners replace lead service lines;

  • Provides more than $1 billion a year to update water infrastructure in public schools;

  • Upgrades household wells and septic systems; and

  • Requires US EPA to study water affordability, shutoffs, discrimination, and civil rights violations by water providers

Read the press release from Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), the House sponsor.


Read the commentary from House and Senate sponsors.


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